CORONAVIRUS UPDATES AND RESOURCES
Health and Wellness
While all students and employees are strongly encouraged to get vaccinated, there is no vaccination requirement at this time. It is important to note that based upon CDC guidance, there are a number of significant benefits of being vaccinated, including that fully vaccinated people can:
- resume activities without wearing masks or physically distancing, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance.
- refrain from testing following a known exposure, if asymptomatic, with some exceptions for specific settings.
- refrain from quarantine following a known exposure if asymptomatic.
Although we do not know the perfect number for population immunity, we know the more people vaccinated in a community, the more difficult it is for COVID-19 to spread from person-to-person. Vaccinations help lower risk for spreading COVID-19. In line with CDC recommendations and the evidence of significant vaccination rates collected at Truman, fully-vaccinated people can resume day-to-day activities without a mask or physical distancing. Our strong vaccination rates also significantly reduce the probability of a substantial COVID-19 outbreak on campus.
Wear a mask if you:
- Are not vaccinated or fully vaccinated (Fully vaccinated means a person had 14 days pass since receiving their second dose of Moderna or Pfizer or their single dose of Johnson and Johnson)
- Have symptoms
- Are immunocompromised
- Enter a place of business or office with a mask policy
Individuals who have underlying medical conditions or are more comfortable wearing a mask are encouraged to do so. Anyone electing to wear a mask should not be asked about their vaccination status or medical conditions.
All public spaces are covered by the University’s mask policy; individuals can establish a mask policy for their private offices.
COVID-19 vaccines are currently not mandatory for students or employees, but they are strongly encouraged. The mask mandate was lifted beginning July 6 for anyone who has been fully vaccinated, per CDC guidelines. Those who are not vaccinated should continue to wear a mask. All members of the campus community are expected to practice personal integrity. This includes being honest about one’s own vaccination status and respecting the privacy of others’ health information.
There may be outside opportunities which require participants to be vaccinated. Examples include NCAA sanctioned activities and clinical education experiences. Students, faculty and staff who participate in these activities may be required to show proof of vaccination.
Experiencing COVID-19 Symptoms
If symptoms of COVID-19 are experienced (without a separate known cause, e.g., asthma, allergies, etc.), the individual should not come to campus or leave the residence hall. Faculty should contact their department chairs; staff should contact their supervisors; and students should contact their faculty members.
The University will not conduct entry testing of returning students, faculty and staff. The Student Health Center will continue to provide testing for students only. Faculty and staff members should contact their health care provider for any testing needs.
The University will work with the Adair County Health Department to conduct contact tracing for Truman students who test positive for COVID-19. Public health privacy requirements will be followed.
People who have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 should quarantine unless they have had COVID-19 within the past 3 months or unless they are fully vaccinated.
People who have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 are not required to quarantine if they have been fully vaccinated against the disease and show no symptoms.
People who have tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 3 months and recovered do not have to quarantine or get tested again as long as they do not develop new symptoms.
Close contact is defined as:
- Being within 6 feet of someone who has COVID-19 for a total of 15 minutes or more
- Providing care at home to someone who is sick with COVID-19
- Direct physical contact with someone who has COVID-19 (i.e. hugging or kissing them)
- Sharing eating or drinking utensils with someone who has COVID-19
- Exposure to respiratory droplets from someone who has COVID-19 (i.e. they sneezed or coughed on you)
Employees who have tested positive for COVID-19 or been in close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19 must report this information to their supervisor and to Human Resources.
For anyone who is not fully vaccinated, the Adair County Health Department recommends a quarantine period of 10 days from the last date of contact with the person who has COVID-19. During that time, employees should stay home and monitor their health. Watch for fever, cough, shortness of breath or other symptoms of COVID-19.
Anyone who is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 – regardless of vaccination status – should not come to campus. They should contact their physician or their county health department for guidance, which may include testing and/or a quarantine period.
Employees may be eligible to use Emergency Sick Leave (up to 10 days) due to testing positive for COVID-19, seeking a test result due to symptoms, quarantine and isolation periods, or to receive or recover from the vaccination. To apply for this leave, employees must contact Human Resources.
Coordination of Communication
To ensure continued communication between the University and local public health entities, Melissa Garzanelli, Director of Human Resources, has been designated as the primary contact person.
Health and Wellness Updates
The most recent and up-to-date information will always be posted on the website – www.truman.edu/coronavirus/.
- Student Health Center
- University Counseling Services
- My Student Support Program (My SSP)
- #CampusClear app
- Daily Wellness Checklist (PDF)
- More Resources
Last modified: July 2021